Routine follow up of breast cancer in primary care

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7071.1547 (Published 14 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1547

Follow up by non-specialists should not be encouraged

  1. Dick Rainsbury
  1. Consultant breast surgeon Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester SO22 5DG

    EDITOR,—While I welcome new initiatives in the management of breast cancer, I believe that the study by Eva Grunfeld and colleagues must be interpreted with caution.1 The authors report no delay in the diagnosis of recurrent breast cancer or reduction in the quality of life of patients randomised to follow up by their general practitioner, but their conclusions must be questioned. The data on recurrence are based on a short follow …

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